How Much Radon Exposure Is Safe?
Radon is relatively rare. This radioactive element has a half-life of only four days, meaning it will decay quickly and if only present in small doses should pose little threat to its surroundings. However, in high doses, radon exposure can be incredibly dangerous. Its danger has been known (if not fully realized) since the 1500’s. While testing is often required as a provision when selling a home, there are some gaps in those requirements. These gaps can lead to radon exposure and potentially dangerous outcomes. Read below to find out how much exposure is too much and how to recognize its symptoms.
How Much Is Too Much?
First, let’s bear in mind that we are discussing a naturally occurring element. While radon itself may be rare, everyone has at least some contact with it throughout daily life. Radon enters your home through the soil that is in contact with the foundation, with concentrations of the element varying from room to room.
So, how much is too much?
4 picoCuries per liter (pCi/L) is considered high, so testing your home regularly is a must. If your home has a high radon reading, you can:
- Seal cracks and gaps in your basement to hinder radon’s ability to enter your home.
- Install a vent pipe and fan system for radon gas removal.
- If you have a basement, install a gas-permeable plastic covering that will keep radon out of your home.
However, these methods generally require the help and expertise of a radon professional to ensure proper installation.
How Do I Know if I’ve Been Exposed?
Unfortunately, there is not a reliable DIY test for radon exposure nor are there any obvious radon exposure symptoms. However, extended exposure to radon can lead to lung cancer, so it is important to know symptoms of the disease if you are concerned about your exposure.
How Do I Mitigate My Exposure?
When mitigating radon in your home or business, trust the experts at Radon Crew. We will assess your space and install the right systems to bring your radon down to a safe level. We provide a number of testing and mitigation processes depending on your needs and budget, and we will gladly help you evaluate the options and guide you towards the best solution for your project. Radon Crew is dedicated to keeping you, your family and your employees safe from radon, with our service area extending through South Dakota, and parts of Iowa, Nebraska, Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Illinois. Contact us today to get started with your testing and mitigation plan.